Friday, October 19, 2007

Colwyn By - Man jailed for running brothels including one in Colwyn bay

Man jailed for running brothels

A CEMAES Bay man is one of three people jailed for running brothels in North Wales.

A CEMAES Bay man is one of three people jailed for running brothels in North Wales.
Last week Kenneth Baker, 56, of Bryn Tirion, Cemaes Bay, was jailed for 18 months at Mold Crown Court described as the organiser behind running brothels at Penmaenmawr and Rhuddlan.
He was jailed along with Ivor John Griffiths, 51, of T Newydd, Llandegai, who received 10 months. Both admitted being involved in the running of a brothel at Penmaenmawr between July 2005 and April 2006, and in one at Rhuddlan between January and April of last year.
Malaysian national Wah Lam 43, of Edgeware, Middlesex, who is now expected to be deported, admitted being involved in the running of the Penmaenmawr brothel and then a second by herself at Colwyn Bay, was jailed for 12 months.
The trio were caught by undercover cops who were offered sex when visiting the brothels which were advertised as massage parlours.
Judge Merfyn Hughes QC said : “Those who believe that little harm is done by that type of enterprise overlook the widespread exploitation of women, many of them vulnerable by reason of their status in the community.
“You were generally managing the premises although leaving others to handle the day-to-day business”
Griffiths was Baker’s paid assistant, followed his instructions, and was a driver who provided the girls with transport.
He then took over the running of the Rhuddlan premises which indicated his willingness to involve himself although those premises were short-lived and apparently unsuccessful.
Lam was involved in the day-to-day management of the Penmaenmawr premises and then set up on her own at Colwyn Bay, the judge said.
It was she who placed adverts in Chinese language newspapers in London to recruit women to work in North Wales.
Mr Edwards said that police officers were offered half an hour with a girl for £60, an hour for £100, or two girls for half an hour for £120.
Officers were told that the full range of sexual activity was available.
Baker paid more than £3,000 for local press adverts, leased the premises in Penmaenmawr and Rhuddlan, and it was alleged took the earnings. It was claimed that he had earned about £10,000.
Lam claimed that they had a relationship while she worked as a receptionist at a Chester brothel and offered to set her up in North Wales.
Baker denied the claims and said that she put the idea in his mind when his farm and engineering business had cash flow problems.
He had no experience and was rather open and up-front, paying bills and leasing premises in his own name.
Oscar Del Fabbro, for Baker, said that he was “a rather honourable gentleman before he descended into this particular disgrace” and was thoroughly ashamed of what he had done.
He had suffered tragedy in his life including the loss of a teenage son but had always tried to deal with life with dignity.

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